I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching. Much of my work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world. Using a process of abstraction, I capture the essence of my subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, I refine line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response.
Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.
Brenda Gael Smith
Contemporary Textile Art
PO Box 4033, Copacabana
NSW 2251 Australia
Tel: +61 412530190
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